Intel is one of the leading manufacturers of processors for computers worldwide. A computer that sports that latest processor from Intel will certainly boast for their faster processing speed. Processors such as iCore series has become the benchmark for powerful computing devices especially laptops and desktop computers today.
But even though Intel is easily making its case as the best processor manufacturer in the notebook and desktop computers, Intel is having a hard time breaking through the tablet market. ARM is currently leading the way as the preferred processor among tablet manufacturers. The processor is well known for its ability to provide capable processing power in smart phones even before tablets. The revolution of tablets has cemented the capability of ARM as the preferred processor for tablets and other mobile devices.
Intel is not just in the sideline observing the success of ARM. The processor manufacturing giant is also pushing its processor called “Clover Trail”. Also known as Atom Z2760, the processor will be used primarily on tablets that feature Windows 8 as its operating system. Before the revolution of tablets, the Atom processor by Intel is the choice processor of netbook manufacturers. Atom processors are known for their improved capability for netbooks without sacrificing battery life. Intel has practically ported Atom in order to make it more viable to the increasingly competitive tablet market. The Atom Z2760, according to Intel will have the ability to support Windows 8 tablets in viewing HD videos while improving battery life.
Even though Atom Z2760 processor will be featured in Windows 8 tablets, it doesn’t mean tablets that use ARM will never be able to the operating system. Microsoft has also developed a form of Windows 8 for tablets that run on ARM. Called “Windows RT”, the operating system is nearly identical to a Windows 8 tablet. However, its main limitation is the fact that it can only install applications from Microsoft’s online store. Windows 8 tablets that run on Atom Z2760 will have the full capability of the operating system including compatibility to Windows 7 software and tools. Windows 8 tablets will also have the capability of installing drivers for additional peripherals such as printers.
Intel’s success on Clover Trail is on the consumers’ preference on tablet version. If customers will prefer to use the full Windows 8 version, Intel’s Clover Trail will be a big hit. On the other hand, Clover Trail will be in a stiff competition when customers prefer to use Windows RT on their tablets.